Monte….according to the bio…..
Born and raised in Longview, TX, Monte Pittman made the decision at 24 to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a professional musician unfortunately having to leave his family, friends, and band Myra Mains behind. Upon arrival in LA, he made ends meet by working at a local music store. Realizing he was better at teaching than selling, he left to start providing guitar lessons.
As fate would have it, his third student would end up being British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who had just received a guitar from his then girlfriend, Madonna. Soon after, Monte was introduced to the iconic performer, and became her guitar teacher as well. A month later, Monte was invited to join Madonna on stage at the David Letterman Show to promote her album, Music.
Monte has since played guitar on all of her live tours and albums starting with the 2001 Drowned World Tour to sharing writing credits on some of her songs.
Monte has also played guitar for the band Prong. He is credited with co-writing songs on “Scorpio Rising” and ”Power of the Damager” to which he also added backing vocals and bass. He also played guitar on Prong’s live album “100% Live”.
In November 2009, Monte released his debut acoustic solo album, “The Deepest Dark”. Almost a year after its release, a special bonus version of “The Deepest Dark” was released and immediately reached the No. 1 spot on the Best-Selling Acoustic Albums list at CD-Baby.com. It was also No. 9 in the Top 10 Best-Selling CDs for the Fall of 2010.
In 2011, Monte launched a Kickstarter campaign for his second album, “Pain, Love & Destiny”. It raised a staggering $65,500, making him the top rock musician to raise the most money on the crowd-funding platform at that time. Monte met his initial goal of $5,000 in under 24 hours. It was released later that year and within its first week made it to No. 1 Rock Album, No. 1 Pop Album, and made it onto the Top 10 Albums chart on CD Baby. In addition, it cracked iTunes’ Top 200.
Monte performed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna and toured around the world on the MDNA Tour.. He also performed at the 2012 Artists In Music Awards where he was given an award for Best Solo Artist in addition to being nominated in four other categories. Monte has also been honored with a Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. The Los Angeles Music Awards nominated him for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Modern Rock Album for “Pain, Love, & Destiny”.
In November of last year, “M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1″ was released. It’s a stripped down acoustic EP marking the beginning of Monte and Flemming Rasmussen’s working relationship.
In 2013, Pittman with band members Kane Ritchotte on drums and Max Whipple on bass went to Copenhagen to record the upcoming album with producer Flemming Rasmussen. This marks Monte’s return to heavy music.
What we say....
And what a return to Heavy music it is too; proving “Power of Three” could be 2014’s sleeping giant in the echelons of Hard Rock and Metal.
What comes to mind as soon as you play this album is that you could, as a Dj, play any of these tracks on your station and be very pleased, it’s punchy, catchy and the vocals sit rather nicely right in the middle of it all. It is very much captures mood of today with the way that Hard Rock and Metal is going, particularly “Everything’s Undone” which I feel would make a great single if released on its own. Monte Pittman would make a perfect touring buddy with the likes of Orange Goblin or Clutch, a gig line up I would certainly like to see and most definitely not be out of place on that bill.
This album is packed full of memorable riffs and hard-hitting hooks enough to blow your speakers to but at the same time a gentle an melodic vocal attack that makes it stand out from other albums out there at the moment. Beautifully produced.
At Global Onslaught we give “The Power of Three” a well-deserved 9 out of 10. Album available from 21st January 2014